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May 27, 2016
Monty (played by Edward Norton) has 24 hours before he heads to jail for a 7 year sentence. And so Monty's last day begins. A story about regret, friendship and who Monty can trust. Edward Norton is his usual, brilliant self.
May 20, 2016
It just goes to show that so-called Film Critics don't have a clue...I graduated at the Berklee College of Music in Film Scoring after 5 years and realize there are some misinformed, ignorant - self serving so-called Film Critics who are so infantile in their writing it's embarrassing!
Grow up and evolve!!
May 15, 2016
A real chore of a film.
April 26, 2016
Finally! Spike Lee returns to the kind of character driven drama that made him famous. And, it works. Norton as a recently convicted drug dealer whose last night of freedom is a look at not only the life he has lost but of the lives he has interfered with because of his decisions based on self. Excellent cinematography and stellar performances from a top notch cast. Lee gets this one right as he fearlessly guides this social drama with not only something to say but a well directed way to say it.
April 11, 2016
Just a very phenomenal film. The acting was really what stood out here along with exceptional storytelling. Edward Norton stole the show with his usual believable performance about a man about to face 7 years in prison.

The movie did a fantastic job of flashing back to the past in certain moments to recall how and when he got to the point.

He has one last night he spends with friends and his girlfriend.

The movie explores themes of loss, friendship, family, and regret. It really looks at the decision making in life and how making certain decisions can change your life forever. Spike Lee glorified NYC here and it really showed. It really made those even out of New York realize the culture there and how special it is.

Just phenomenal performances all around by all those involved and again top notch story telling and dialogue scenes.
½ March 31, 2016
Well acted from a few fronts (Paquin excluded), this gripping post-9//11 drama is sometimes elevated but more often hampered by Lee's heavy handed direction.
½ March 27, 2016
Edward Norton's monologue: A+
March 12, 2016
The last GREAT Spike Lee film that he has yet to top in my opinion. So many great scenes and performances. One of my favorites.
½ February 28, 2016
2/27/16 Good story. Interesting characters. Some slow parts, but not too many. I enjoyed it, but it won't stay in my memory like some of the more classic "gangster" type films.
February 16, 2016
This movie was amazing. It was a fascination emotional journey through the last free day of a man's, Monty's, life. I will admit with out spoiling anything, there was one point in the film where my mouth was gaping open and tears were streaming down my eyes. Edward Norton's performance is phenomenal with a fantastic supporting cast.
February 9, 2016
This is a very underrated movie filled with great performances from Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Pepper, Rosario Dawson, and Brian Cox. The story is compelling and Spike Lee does an awesome job of directing us to understand and sympathize for a man who chose the wrong path and now has to suffer the consequences for it. Every acted scene is beautiful but the most compelling scenes are one is in the bathroom. Edward Norton explodes internally with a monologue that reminded me of Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver. Another one is a long montage of Edward Norton and Brian Cox on a drive out into the wilderness. Both of these scenes are beautifully acted and are both very powerfully directed.
½ February 9, 2016
Viewed this on 8/2/16
Spike Lee excesses? What the fuck is that? This may be his best film (perhaps Malcolm X is better) and it is such a beautiful film with terrific performance from Edward Norton along with fine supporting performances from Brian Cox, Barry Pepper, Rosario Dawson and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. The 'Fuck you' scene is one of the best scenes I have ever seen. The cinematography is so terrific and full of bright coloured shots that it's a joy to watch each scene. The film tackles a difficult premise with intelligence and realistic sense without making it feel excessive. I loved the ending as well.
January 30, 2016
Really great, compelling ending. Thought provoking. One of my favorite movies.
½ December 7, 2015
Very well acted, visually inventive, and cliche free, this film's power and appreciation for it has only grown. Spike Lee and writer David Benioff have woven the '00's most poignant depiction of a post 9/11 society into a story about tragedy, guilt and loss.
October 21, 2015
A tough tale about redemption and strength during tough situations.
September 4, 2015
This unheralded drama by Spike Lee fuses post 9/11 era anxiety with regret in detailing the final hours of a convicted New York drug dealer (Edward Norton) before his incarceration begins. It is perhaps the only movie made in the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attacks that captured the mood of that time. Lee shows great assurance here and limits the expected indulgences, while expressing surprising pathos to conventional material. Norton brings his usual intensity to the role, but he also has the sensitivity to reveal a man with remorse at his wasted life. As a cocky stockbroker, Barry Pepper shows the conflicted feelings - both brutally honest and mealy-mouthed - of a close friend that rings truthful. Phillip Seymour Hoffman is a straight arrow teacher, Rosario Dawson is the beautiful girlfriend, Brian Cox is the loyal father, and Anna Paquin is a provocative student. All give exceptional performances. Former football player Tony Siragusa is perhaps a bit too broad a caricature as a Ukrainian associate. David Benioff adapted his own book. Cinematography is by Rodrigo Prieto; music is by Terence Blanchard.
August 29, 2015
A well-acted and engaging drama that adds another impressive work to Spike Lee's growing filmography.
½ August 2, 2015
Lee is at once immensely fond and endlessly skeptical of New York City, so a point could be made this, his first film after 9/11 was a searing drama reflecting the trauma and guilt many felt. If you were about to go to prison for an extended stretch, what would you do with your last day of freedom? It's a question most of us will never have to face, but as presented by Spike Lee in 25th Hour, the answers still prove compelling. Starring Edward Norton as a convicted drug dealer making a last-ditch effort to straighten out his personal life before being carted off to the pokey, 25th Hour delves into the sorts of complicated relationships that Lee thrives on; fathers and sons, friends from different backgrounds, and even good love gone wrong. And its rather messy blend of interpersonal dynamics was sweetened Lee's trippy camera work, a stellar supporting cast, and an epic monologue of raw power from Edward Norton in which he skewers all the city's residents before turning his ire on himself
July 20, 2015
Dans la période la plus esthétique de son oeuvre, Spike Lee nous offre La 25e Heure, un drame absolument fabuleux sur un type qui passe ses dernières 24 heures en liberté, dans un New York encore touché par la tragédie du 11 septembre 2001. Entre monologues et dialogues très dynamiques, Spike Lee parvient à à trouver un équilibre parfait dans un film passionnant, interprété par un groupe d'acteurs en état de grâce, que ce soit bien évidemment Edward Norton, mais aussi Barry Pepper et Brian Cox. Comme d'habitude, Spike Lee parvient à créer une atmosphère délétère et mélancolique, grâce à l'utilisation très intelligente de la musique de Terence Blanchard et à la photographie exceptionnelle de Rodrigo Prieto. La 25e Heure est un autre très grand film de Spike Lee, un monument de sa filmographie pléthorique.
July 3, 2015
Great acting and soundtrack. Edward Norton is one of my favorites.
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